Pope Francis says if you can't go to confession, take your sorrow directly to God
However, people who cannot get to confession because of the COVID-19 or another serious reason can go to God directly, be specific about their sins, request pardon, and experience God's loving forgiveness. This is the right time, the opportune moment. An act of contrition done well, and our souls will become white like the snow. Do what the Catechism (of the Catholic Church) says. It is very clear: If you cannot find a priest to confess to, speak directly with God, your father, and tell him the truth. Say, 'Lord, I did this, this, this. Forgive me,' and ask for pardon with all your heart. Make an act of contrition and promise God, 'I will go to confession afterward, but forgive me now.' And immediately you will return to a state of grace with God. You can draw near to God's forgiveness without have a priest at hand. Think about it. This is the moment." - Pope Francis
Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Confession or Penance)
Reconciliation is a celebration of God’s merciful love for us. He doesn’t want us to fall, fail, or put ourselves down for a mistake; He wants us to know He’s on our side. So, He waits for us with open arms when we come to Him with repentant hearts. We practice Confession by admitting our shortcomings to a priest, because the priest is “in persona Christi” (“in the person of Christ”) in this sacrament. We are all in need of healing—who better to help us than Jesus. Confession is not about punishment, but about making things right again. The most important thing is that we are honest with ourselves and with God, so we can receive His love and grace.
Preparing for First Reconciliation usually happens within the formation for First Communion, or within RCIA for those being fully welcomed into the Catholic Church.
First Communion and First Reconciliation at Saint Brigid follows a two year preparation process, traditionally starting in the first grade, and are completed through the Faith Formation program for children. If your child is older than 2nd grade, we still follow a two year process through the regular classes, but with some additional focus during the second year on the study of the sacraments. You may contact Gayle to enroll your children in the Faith Formation program.